Manager leaves com­fort zone to ap­pre­ci­ate big­ger pic­ture

Whitsunday Times - - FEATURE | WOMEN IN BUSINESS -

ALL busi­nesses have many chal­lenges to face along the way – es­pe­cially when you start from scratch. Metro Tiles Air­lie Beach man­ag­ing direc­tor Re­becca Ross said her most chal­leng­ing mo­ment was de­cid­ing to leave be­hind her com­fort­able role as a stay-at-home mum and ven­ture into the un­known.

It took about two years for her to gain the courage and be­lieve in her­self enough to think it could be done.

With the sup­port of her hus­band, to­gether they fi­nally took the step and opened Metro Tiles Air­lie Beach in Novem­ber 2005, and although they are part of a fran­chise, a lot of ev­ery­thing they did to get to this day was com­pleted by Mrs Ross and her hus­band.

Mrs Ross said she was so proud the day their doors opened, but also scared of what lay ahead.

“When we first opened our doors, many peo­ple said if you make it through the first two years you are do­ing well,” she said.

Ten years later and she ad­mits it has been an ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing jour­ney.

Metro Tiles Air­lie Beach is proud to be part of a long-stand­ing fran­chise that was first es­tab­lished in 1959.

The store has an ex­ten­sive range of qual­ity tiles , rang­ing from small mo­saics to large floor and wall tiles in a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes – porce­lain, glass, ce­ramic, nat­u­ral and man­u­fac­tured stone – suit­able for any ap­pli­ca­tion, in­clud­ing in­ter­nal, ex­ter­nal, pools and land­scap­ing.

Mrs Ross said the first years of be­ing in busi­ness flew by.

“It took some hard work but in 2007 we passed our two years and be­fore we knew it were cel­e­brat­ing five years in 2010, along with an award for Best Show­room North Queens­land through the Aus­tralian Tile Coun­cil,” she said. Last year Mrs Ross was the re­cepi­ent of the Busi­ness Cham­pion for Air­lie Beach and is­lands as part of the 2014 Whit­sun­day Women in Busi­ness Awards.

DED­I­CATED: Metro Tiles Air­lie Beach man­ag­ing direc­tor Re­becca Ross.

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